Stop Fayette County from excluding human service organizations from a $22 million grant.

Stop Fayette County from excluding human service organizations from a $22 million grant.

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"I don't believe in using taxpayer's money to support non profits"- Commissioner Edwards Gibbons (District 3).

Your Fayette County Commissioners; Charles Oddo, Eric Maxwell, Lee Hearn, and Edwards Gibbons; would rather allocate $22 million worth of a COVID 19 relief towards funding shooting ranges, infrastructure and advanced tech water meters, than re-budget such/ award a single dime to nonprofit human service organizations ( even with the law specifically allowing for such ). 

Nonprofit and human service organizations are often the way people get help and for Fayette County, they are what many have relied on over the course of this pandemic. From financial assistance and healthcare to awareness and support on topics/issues such as domestic violence, education/ tutoring, senior services, unemployment, mental health, sexual assault, poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and drug addiction, these organizations provide a wide variety of services to the community that if not in existence, would greatly depreciate our [community's] well being. 

A few Nonprofit Human Service Organizations you may know 

- Piedmont Fayette Hospital 

- Fayette Care Clinic

- Promise Place ( Domestic Violence )

Since the start of the pandemic, such organizations (and many more) have worked nonstop to provide a variety of services ( healthcare, food, housing, financial assistance, etc) to those residing in our county. Would awarding them a small percentage of this $22 MILLION grant be too much to ask? Without such funding, many of these organizations may result into having to downsize their service to this community a result of a lack in resources/ funding availability. Are we seriously going to sit back and let these commissioners put our tax paying dollars solely towards funding buildings and infrastructure? This is not a petition against the funding of such, rather one encouraging the re-budgeting and allocation of such dollars toward human service organizations and programs that will actually benefit our community's wellbeing. We must ELEVATE our voices and help Commissioner Charles Rousseau (District 4) encourage the commissioners to set a small portion of these funds to help our community. These nonprofits have been hit hard as a result of this pandemic and deserve our support! 

 

 

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